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Setting up an office at home

Posted by formed on 16 July 2020

More and more people are working from home, with the numbers of homeworkers climbing even before the Covid-19 pandemic took hold. As well as removing the need for long and stressful commutes, it can also offer a better work/life balance. If you’re working from home, you may be wondering how to set up a home office that not only reflects your tastes and personality but allows you to work as productively as possible. 


Choose the right home office location 

Companies put lots of thought into choosing the right location for their offices, with the ideal environment seriously boosting productivity. So, it makes sense to do the same if you want to work efficiently from home. Try and find a dedicated area for your workspace. This will reduce the risk of distractions from others in your household or appliances like the TV or radio. 

It’s important to be able to separate your work affairs from your personal life. A study or spare room would be the ideal space for your home office. However, this may not be an option if space is limited. You may need to think outside the box to find the right location for your workspace.  


Under stair offices

Under Stair Office In LincolnWith space being a scarce commodity in many UK homes, lots of homeworkers are choosing to install under stair offices. Robes & Rails provide under stair home office solutions in Lincoln, creating stylish and compact workspaces. Our team of designers can maximise the space in this handy alcove under your stairs, installing beautiful bespoke office furniture to the highest possible standards. 


Office garage conversions

Converting your underused garage space into a stylish and practical home office is a great solution. The location is separate from the rest of your property, which means you’ll benefit from privacy and seclusion. You’ll no longer have to put up with constant distractions from family members or give in to the lure of the television or the smell of dinner coming from the kitchen. Whatever type of garage you have, there are many home office solutions in Leicester to meet your home working needs. 

When choosing a location for your home office, you’ll need to consider how much space you’ll need. Do you only need room for a desk, chair, and computer, or do you have other equipment that you need to make room for? A cramped workspace can impact your productivity, so make sure you have plenty of room to work from home.


Furnish your office space 

Once you find the right location for your home office, you can start thinking about furnishing the space. Not only will you need to ensure you have all the equipment you need, such as a computer, printer, and other necessary appliances, but you need to ensure that you can work comfortably. 


Choose a good quality desk and chair


Home Office garage conversions in LincolnA desk and chair are the staples of any home office, with both sound investments if you plan to work from home long-term. Robes & Rails can craft made to measure desks, making sure this important element of your office meets your needs. Whether you want a large workspace, lots of storage, or compartments or stands for computer towers and printers, a bespoke desk can be crafted to fit your requirements. If you’ll be doing lots of typing, consider choosing a desk with a retractable keyboard tray to enhance your comfort. 


Don’t forget the importance of a decent chair when setting up your home office. Many people underestimate the value of this piece of office furniture. However, they often pay the price in the form of poor posture and neck and backaches. To avoid aches and pains, choose a chair with an adjustable seat. Not only should it have lumbar support, but it should feature wheels for mobility and armrests.


Storage solutions


Don’t overlook storage space when setting up your home office. Storage is essential for keeping your work area neat and tidy, and for easily locating important documents when required. It can help to create a functional office space that you will feel productive in. Robes & Rails can integrate innovative and highly effective storage solutions in your home office, with elegant cabinetry and shelving installed by our team. 

At first glance, you might not think that you have much room for storage, but we recommend looking beyond the floor space. Floating shelves mounted on the wall can offer very useful storage for home office supplies. Another great office storage idea is to build a storage wall with floor-to-ceiling supports. 


Let there be light 

Don’t forget the importance of quality lighting in your home office – the area should be well lit for you to work productively. Poor lighting can reduce your energy and morale and even cause eyestrain and headaches, impairing your ability to work effectively. Whilst natural daylight is always the most preferable form of lighting, this will not be possible if your office doesn’t have a window. If this is the case, consider buying full-spectrum bulbs. They deliver a crisp and bright light which is ideal for working and reading.  

If you’ll be working for long periods, opt for a light source that’s both energy-efficient and long-lasting. Installing lighting on the wall behind a computer monitor can reduce eyestrain. Alternatively, a top-quality adjustable desk lamp can provide flexible illumination in different situations.

Homeworking has improved the lives of many workers. Increases in job satisfaction and productivity and better work-life balance being are some of the biggest benefits. However, to work efficiently from home, you need to set up an office that offers privacy and peace and quiet as well as adequate space and light. To create your perfect office at home, don’t hesitate to contact Robes & Rails. We deliver exceptional home office solutions in Lincoln, designing and installing high-quality office furniture to meet your unique requirements and budget. 


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